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The Unkindest Cut Could Be Fatal
written on January 12, 2009 by Dan Cricks
Marketing 101

The Deadliest Cut: I will explain why you must NOT slash marketing and... o ffer a whole new way to think about the "M" word

If you are poised to chop your marketing budget, STOP. That's the worst move your and/or your company could make right now. Here, here are a few steps you should take instead.

 

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Employee or Independent Contractor
written on January 12, 2009 by Francine Price
Business Insurance

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Is an Executive Coach the Same as a Mentor?
written on January 12, 2009 by Joe Mayer
Personal Evolution

Coaching and mentoring often are used in the same sentence.  And sure enough, many people I meet feel that both words are synonyms describing the same activities and relationships.

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Private Foundations and Donor Advised FundsThey are not just for the rich and famous
written on January 12, 2009 by Frank Fantozzi
Investment Management

You may think that private foundations are only for families like the Rockefellers, Fords and Gateses - those who contribute millions of dollars to charity. But private foundations can be an effective strategy for creating a family legacy of giving. In fact, there is no official minimum and you may be able to effectively establish a foundation with an initial contribution as low as $250,000.

 

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Want More Success in 2009
written on January 09, 2009 by Ingeborg Hrabowy
Conflict Resolution

It's that time of year when we reflect on our successes of the past year and plan or make course corrections for the upcoming year. How satisfied are you with your year end results?

 

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The Dynamics of Networking by Diane Helbig
written on January 08, 2009 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

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What Information Technology Should Mean To You
written on January 07, 2009 by Jason Morris
Document Management Software

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If You Arent A Financial Mogul Be An Organic Success
written on January 06, 2009 by Andy Birol
Growth Strategies

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2009 Business Predictions From The Small Business Advocate
written on January 06, 2009 by Joel Libava
Investing in a Franchise

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Keep That Job Communicate Your Way Out of Conflict
written on January 06, 2009 by Ingeborg Hrabowy
Conflict Resolution

Today's uncertain economy changes the way we look at everything, including our jobs. Last year we might have thought-- if things didn't go well in this job, we'd find another. Or, if we didn't get our anticipated bonuses, we'd just leave. Or, if people didn't appreciate our work, we'd simply find a job where we're more appreciated.

 

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Exiting Your Company Small Business Succession Planning Part Three
written on January 02, 2009 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

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Easy Ways to Improve Cash Flow
written on January 02, 2009 by John Doucette
Financing Solutions

Every business that extends credit to its customers will find itself with substantial amounts of cash locked up in receivables. You have delivered your product or service but are still waiting to be paid while you have your own cash demands - payroll, suppliers, rent and so on. This cash flow trap can inhibit the growth of many companies.

 

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Ringing In the New Year
written on December 31, 2008 by Michele Ridella
Leadership Skills in Employees

How will you begin 2009? I do not need to tell you that 2009 will be a year of change and challenge. As we face the demands of a difficult economy, what will you do to develop your people to rise to the occasion? This is the time for new ideas, processes and innovations. I am sure that you have already created your business strategy for 2009 and probably did so in the third quarter of 2008. But how did you develop it?

 

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Franchise or StartUp
written on December 31, 2008 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

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A Few of My Favorite Finds in 2008
written on December 29, 2008 by Ellen H Brown
Healthy Lifestyles

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Exiting Your Company Small Business Succession Planning Part Two
written on December 29, 2008 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

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Disney Service Basics
written on December 22, 2008 by Scott Brown
Customer Service

 

I recently came across this article focusing on the basics of customer service at Disney.  I wanted to share this article with you because, as the name of my company implies, great service begins with a strong idealogical foundation.  Who are we and why do we do what we do. 

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Exiting Your Company Small Business Succession Planning Part One
written on December 22, 2008 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

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Take the Mystery Out of Premium Audits
written on December 22, 2008 by Francine Price
Business Insurance

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Planned Financial Services Market Update 12222008
written on December 22, 2008 by Frank Fantozzi
Investment Management

The economy is now officially in a recession, and will continue to produce dismal statistics for some time. We were done in by the combination of oil prices that went way too high last spring and summer and by some absolutely irresponsible risk taking on Wall Street. That said, there are some lights at the end of this dark tunnel.

 

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Eight Tips to Save Technology Costs in Todays Challenging Economy
written on December 22, 2008 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

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15 Onboarding Errors Companies Make Part 2 of 2 Part Series
written on December 18, 2008 by Kenyon Mau
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

In our previous edition we began the conversation of on-boarding by introducing the concept that there are many ways companies bungle the job of bringing new employees into their organization. In trying to drive the point home about how and where organizations blow their on-boarding opportunities, I have drawn upon the research and wisdom of Dr. John Sullivan, professor of management at San Francisco State University on some of his thoughts relating to what goes into a poor integration program. We left off at number 8 of 15 errors he sees. We continue here at number 9.

 

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Marketing by Prospecting
written on December 18, 2008 by Bill Truax
Prospecting

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Want to Feel Better Focus on the Good Things in Life
written on December 16, 2008 by Ellen H Brown
Healthy Lifestyles

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Five Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas That Strengthen Our Local Economy
written on December 16, 2008 by Mike Dungan
Greening Your Business

 

Looking for a unique holiday gift item for that hard to shop for family member or colleague? Look no further than local organizations that offer one of a kind gift ideas that are locally produced with sustainability designed right in to the final product. Purchasing local keeps CLEplus $ in CLEplus and supports job creation and business expansion right in our own backyard.

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